What do you do when you have the urge to write your name in really big letters. As typography isn’t really our strong suit I decided that I would reel in my imagination and go for something a little more understated.
Of course, because I had decided to go for something understated I thought I had to go big in another way. It took me a little bit of time but I got there in the end, Colour. Colour has always been used in cultivating status, so I thought I might as well get in on it as well. After a little research, I decided upon the colour purple and you might be wondering why? According to surveys in Europe and North America, purple is the colour most often associated with rarity, royalty, magic, mystery, and piety and when combined with pink, it is associated with eroticism, femininity, and seduction. Purple is also associated with the deadly sins, due to the fact that it is a colour that attracts attention, so, therefore, has come to represent vanity. I think we can all agree, that’s a pretty special colour!
Now i’m sure we’ve all heard of the term ‘Golden Girl’ usually referring to a young woman who has become unusually successful at an early age or a favored youth, held in high esteem by others, and for whom there are high hopes. This golden girl’s name is actually Auram but prefers to go by ‘Dawn’. She has her own very successful range of ‘Golden Dawn’ cosmetics.
She is attempting to parlay this success into re-establishing the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, an organization devoted to the study and practice of the occult, metaphysics, and paranormal activities during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Mainly because her great grandfather was one of the original founders. In my opinion it’s not the best reason to bring back a magical society in 2019, especially with all the success of Harry Potter. That said she’s the golden girl and not me…
It is A2 in size and made using spray paint, acrylic, paint pen and charcoal.
Michael, George and Elton are a trio of identical triplets who each possess a modicum of magical ability. On the day they were born their grandmother whispered in to each babes ear the magic words that have never been repeated. I’m pretty sure all they can do is make frogs, dogs, cats, bats, certain lizards legs and wooden pegs and of course water rain from the sky but definitely not money. In the social media age this has been good for them but not great. The term one trick ponies has been bandied about for sure. The three take it in their stride however. They now have a very successful wooden peg business and most of their days are spent as they please. Clouds and silver linings and all that.
After our enforced spring clean we were left with a few canvases that were in no fit state to be sold but not quite damaged enough to be binned. Hmmmm… What to do?
Well we finally decided to give them a quick update then find them a new home on the sweet streets of Brixton complete with one way security screws to ensure they had a chance of staying put…
First up we have Fernando who is an inveterate teller of fibs. He once stopped an old lady in the street and proceeded to tell her the story of the time he saved a herd of unicorns from an angry stray cat who just so happened to be the size of a small horse by making a rudimentary laser pointer out of a toilet tube, some elastic from his underpants and a single match.
The old dear listened for just a few seconds and from nowhere suddenly pulled out a magic wand and mumbled some magic words. Fernando hadn’t yet noticed but, obviously, his nose began to grow as he kept talking but the old lady didn’t care, she just ambled away to the shops. What’s the moral of this story? You’ll just have to work it out for yourself…
I’ve got an idea and I think Netflix are going to be very interested…
Once upon a time there was a little boy called Mike. Mike was a scrawny little snot nosed punk of a kid but he was still just a little boy all the same. One day Mike was daydreaming of all the important things he’d do when he was grown up – architect, mathematician, wizard and estate agent – he’d dreamed them all when along came a dragon and promised to give Mike everything he ever wanted for one small favour. Mike was somewhat naive to the mechanics of dragon romance and didn’t understand some of the bigger words so readily agreed. In the international incident that followed it’s not entirely clear the exact sequence of events but Mike emerged somehow unscathed and slathered in dragon juice clutching a small totem of himself. Now, when he rubs his magic totem strange things happen.
There I was enjoying my regular afternoon nap when the big red id-iomphone rings rousing me from my slumber. After staring at it quizically for a while and hoping it would just stop I finally came to the conclusion it wasn’t going to stop and the only thing for it was to answer it. It was the world of PR and they needed our help, stat! There was an important pitch coming up that needed securing and our assistance was required to provide some artwork that would help convince the client that this PR company was the one to work with. Sounds like a job for id-iom…
As seems to be the case with these things it needed done, like, yesterday so the first thing we needed was to come up with a couple of suitable designs. A minimum of back-and-forth had us two approved images so then it was onto the task of putting the images on two sets of boards each measuring 1.2m x 2.4m. Which is pretty big. So we eventually went for three A0 boards stuck together for each piece. A good few hours stencil cutting followed by a night out on Saturday led to a somewhat later than planned start on Sunday. Thankfully though the hard work had been done by then and we managed to get it all completed and then installed in the office on Monday morning. I’m not yet sure if they got they succeeded with their pitch but they liked the pieces so all is well. What’s next?
This guy is a bit of a loner and has resorted to the art of magic and hypnosis to make friends. The one thing he imprints on all the people he uses his skills on is ‘Forget me not’ so that they won’t ever leave him.
Sadly though he’s not very good at either magic or hypnotism. For one his hands are far too big to do any slight of hand tricks apart from blocking people’s view of the the tricks due to their large size. And while i’m at it check out his eyes, only one of them can do the hypnotist’s swirl. This means people just end up feeling queasy instead of the intended hypnosis. Maybe he’ll get better with time…
Title: Forget me not
Materials: Acrylic, paint pen, spray paint and charcoal
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I’m not sure how many people will remember the ‘This is your brain on drugs‘ anti-drugs campaign that was part of America’s War on Drugs campaign and was widespread on American TV in the 80’s but that was pretty much my inspiration for this piece.
Come on kids – see if you can work out how many drug reference I managed to get into the bottom part! That is if your brains aren’t scrambled from all the high powered skunk you’ve been smoking!